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Frontiers of Science

Frontiers of Science
Frontiers of Science
Frontiers of Science
Frontiers of Science

Multidisciplinary Events with Global Reach

Through its Frontiers of Science program the Academy convenes over 120 conferences, symposia, and workshops each year, building communities of interest across disciplines, geographies, and sectors. Whether held in our state-of-the-art facility in New York City, or in other locations around the world, our events cover cutting-edge, cross-disciplinary topics ranging from genomic medicine to chemical & structural biology, and from drug discovery, to computer science, urban sustainability, and more. Bringing together experts and partners from academia, industry, and government, Frontiers of Science provides a neutral forum for participants to exchange information on basic and applied research and to discuss the broader role of science, medicine, and technology in society.

Global Conferences & Events

The Academy’s interdisciplinary conferences focus on cutting-edge research within the life sciences, physical sciences, and medicine—and on the broader roles of science and technology in society—often in partnership with a co-presenting organization.

Custom-Made Gatherings

The Frontiers of Science team can work with you to create and deliver an event focused on a specific topic of strategic interest to your organization.

Topical Series

Organizations wishing to explore a key topical area can sponsor a recurring series of lectures or convenings to build and engage communities of interest.

We are committed to driving research advances in areas including, but not limited to, the following fields, and our portfolio seeks to reflect the dynamism of scientific fields of interest and relevance to our global community:

How to Propose an Event

The Academy invites proposals from a wide variety of fields including, but not limited to: biomedical sciences, chemistry, public health, sustainability, physical sciences, engineering, and technology. Priority is given to proposals in cutting-edge, solution-oriented, multidisciplinary subject areas, and to issues facing the public and private sectors at the intersection of science, technology, and society.

We welcome expressions of interest in conference collaborations from all sectors and geographies. Convenings may be proposed for presentation at the Academy's headquarters in New York City, at other locations across the United States, and around the world.

The Academy peer-reviews all conference proposals to ensure the highest quality, integrity, and timeliness of research. Proceedings may be published in Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief, and conference reports may be made available online in the form of Academy eBriefings.

Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis. To learn more, click “Submit a Proposal” below.


Brooke Grindlinger, PhD

Brooke Grindlinger, PhD
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Jennifer Costley, PhD
Sonya Dougal, PhD
Alison Carley, PhD
Megan Prescott, PhD
Megan Prescott, PhD
Barbara Knappmeyer
Barbara Knappmeyer, PhD
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Frontiers of Science
Frontiers of Science

Tapping Into The World's Smartest Network®

The Academy’s global network fuels Frontiers of Science programming, enabling us to enlist high level co-presenting partners, create organizing committees to develop catalytic meeting agendas, engage leading panelists and presenters, create roadmaps for future collaborations, and attract highly qualified audiences.

Source: June 2015 Survey of Academy Conference participants

Training the Next Generation of Innovators

We strive for attendee equality and diversity, and encourage the participation of early-career scientists, women, and members of other underrepresented groups in science and engineering. Our conferences offer a suite of career development activities for emerging researchers, providing them with opportunities to learn and network across institutions, disciplines, and industries. The Academy’s diverse subscriber list enables us to attract young investigators and underrepresented minorities to events through travel fellowships, poster sessions with prizes, mentoring, and short talk opportunities. As a result, the participation of underrepresented minorities in Academy meetings is more than twice the national average in academia.


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The Network Effect

Each year, Frontiers of Science convenings provide unique multidisciplinary networking and knowledge-building opportunities for over 14,000 participants, as well as hundreds of expert speakers.   Participation yields benefits for attendees in numerous ways – gaining new knowledge that may impact the direction of research, making professional contacts, and opening the door to opportunities to form research collaborations and engage in joint business ventures with fellow participants.

Source: June 2015 Survey of Academy event participants

Source: June 2015 Survey of Academy Conference participants


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Frontiers of Science
Frontiers of Science

The Frontiers of Science team works with corporations, academic and research institutions, foundations, and government agencies to offer a wide variety of convenings.  There are many ways your organization can be involved:

As a Partner

Partner organizations work with us to jointly develop conferences around a shared goal or mission.  The benefits of working with the Academy at this level include:

  • Participation in a neutral, pre-competitive forum to coordinate stakeholders and organizations, including industry, non-governmental organizations, academia, and policymakers
  • Unparalleled access to thought-leaders at the cutting edge of innovation
  • Consolidation of expert voices within a field, to help funders make effective investments in solutions
  • The ability to engage key stakeholders, and network with business leaders, potential customers, and partners
  • The opportunity to leverage the Academy’s conference and publishing strengths to rapidly disseminate findings
  • Professional development opportunities for current staff, and workforce development for future employees

As a Sponsor

Sponsors can support Frontiers of Science programming through one or more educational grants.  As a Corporate, Industry, or Institutional Sponsor, your organization will benefit from:

  • Access to leading researchers across academia, government, and industry
  • Increased visibility and awareness before a highly targeted, relevant audience
  • Exposure via pre-event integrated promotional campaigns across the Academy’s website, print media, social and digital channels
  • On-site recognition during the event via digital signage, exhibit opportunities, and other program materials
  • Exposure through press and media coverage of event and post-event information dissemination

Customized Conference Development and Management

For organizations that wish to draw on the Academy’s scientific expertise, network, and resources to convene a custom event, Frontiers of Science offers a full suite of services, including:


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  • Scientific Agenda Planning
  • Outcomes Measurement Grant / Proposal Preparation,
  • Travel Fellowships / Prizes
  • Continuing Education Administration
  • Managing Sunshine Act, Conflict of Interest Review, and other forms of compliance
  • Adherence to Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) principles
  • Contract Preparation & Financial Management
  • Event Marketing, Registration and Customer Service
  • Site Inspection, Selection, and Planning
  • Facility Management
  • Communications
  • Catering Services
  • Audio/Visual and Technical Support
  • Speaker Travel and Accommodation
  • Design and Production of Program Materials
  • Permissions and Licensing
  • Exhibitor Coordination
  • Photography, Floral Decorations, and Entertainment
  • Press & media outreach, including social media